I have never had a strong chest. I always start my chest routine on incline usually doing dumbell or barbell presses.
The most I’ve ever put up is 175 pounds for 5 reps on an incline barbell press. The other day… I went into the gym and decided to do the HS incline… I decided to find a 5 rep max.
I put a plate on each side, did 5 reps… easy. Then I went up to 2 plates… 5 reps seemed ok. I put on 3 plates… 5 pretty hard reps, but I felt like I coulda done more. So I go up to 4 plates each side and I went all out and I put up 5 reps… very hard.
What I’m trying to get at is… I know hammer strength is easier than barbells but I would assume 4 plates each side on a HS is a LOT heavier than 175 lbs on barbell (a weight I never did more than 5 reps with).
Does this mean I haven’t been pushing myself hard enough?